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301 College Park Dr

Monroeville, PA 15146


for 2020-21

First Grade

Ms. Loretta Marrone

My name is Loretta Marrone. I am the new first grade teacher here at
Greater Works Christian School. I am a graduate of Seton Hall University in
New Jersey and have a bachelors degree in Elementary Education, Early
Childhood Education and Special Education. I have been teaching for
almost twenty years in both public and private schools in New Jersey and

I taught kindergarten last year in the Allentown Diocese and have taught
fourth grade, learning support and art to preschool through eighth grade

My family and I moved to Pennsylvania 12 years ago from New Jersey.
This past summer we moved from the eastern part of the state to
Pittsburgh to be closer to our two daughters. I attend Church at Jesus the
Divine Shepherd Parish.

I am excited to be working in a Christ centered environment. I love being
able to make connections to our faith when teaching throughout the day.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy painting, drawing, hiking, gardening and
reading. I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors. I look forward to
getting to know all of my students and their families better!

Mrs. Loretta Marrone



Language Skills: Pre-writing skills, journaling, fundamentals of basic grammar and sentence structure, rules for capitalization and of punctuation, and basic storytelling. Oral reading skills which enhance learning new words and letter/sound patterns, as well as an understanding of print and how it is read in English.

Penmanship: Learning to shape the letters of the alphabet properly, print and space them neatly. Developing small muscle strength and dexterity and good eye/hand coordination are keys to success in this area.

Spelling: There are 10 spelling words per week; the first six words share a common theme, two are review words from the previous week’s spelling list, and the last two are words that were vocabulary/high frequency words from the previous week’s reading story. Students are learning visually from their spelling workbooks and hearing the words additionally through story time to enhance consistent repetition of those ten words.

Reading and Phonics: Basic reading skills are introduced at this time. Phonics and word building activities are integrated to build letter and word recognition. They use context clues as well as the sounds of the letters in the words to enable them to begin to “unlock” new words. Positive class interaction, daily reading, small group settings cause the children to become confident, enthusiastic readers. Computer games are introduced to build reading skills along with other phonics principles. The “one-and two-vowel rule, the “c-k” rule, rules for adding suffixes at the end of root words, and adding prefixes at the beginning of root words.

Math: Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, and also by 1’s from 1 to 200, odd and even numbers, number patterns and patterning. They write number sentences for story problems (single digits to 20), do basic computation (addition/subtraction with double digits), and perform problem solving. Measurement (linear, weight, and capacity), graphing, and classification by attributes (sorting). They will learn about place value, money, and shapes (recognition and classification).

History/Social Studies: We use the “Scholastic News” newspaper for current events. We incorporate special mini-units on community helpers, with fire safety and “Firefighter Pat”, seasons, family, “all about me”, friendship, cooperation, bus safety, apples “Johnny Appleseed”, Native Americans and Thanksgiving, “Christmas around the World”, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History, Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the Christian themes behind the celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Resurrection Sunday.

Science: The purpose is to show how awesome and creative our God is and how fearfully and wonderfully made we all are. We do some small simple experiments (like cleaning pennies w/ salt and vinegar), and mini-units on magnets, insects, frogs and turtles, dinosaurs (and plants in the spring (including planting our own plants). With our butterfly unit we watch and document in daily journals the life cycle of 8 to 12 “painted lady” butterflies from larvae to chrysalis to butterfly. In the Spring, we set the butterflies free outside. It’s a great lesson for the children to see how detailed and specific our God is.

Health: Health includes learning about our families, our bodies, how they work, and how to keep them working properly through good nutrition and dental health.


Character Development, Missions, Physical Education, Spanish, Music

Please write your child’s name on everything.  Please bring in your child’s school supplies during parent/teacher orientation and place in your child’s locker.  At parent/teacher orientation, we also need to know how your child will leave school daily, by bus or parent pick-up.

  • Backpack or Bookbag
  • 1 plastic pencil case
  • 2 boxes Crayola crayons
  • 1 container antibacterial wipes (wet ones)
  • 1 container Lysol wipes
  • 2 boxes Kleenex
  • 3 plastic folders with pockets
  • 1 subject spiral notebook
  • 1 pkg. washable markers
  • 1 dozen wooden, number 2 pencils
  • 1 box sandwich bags
  • Complete change of clothes (labeled in ziplock bag)
  • Paint shirt